Founding Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Computing
Job no: 493031
Position type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH
Division/Equivalent: Academic Division
School/Unit: Scientific Computing
Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, seeks to fill a Tenure-Track position (open rank) beginning July 2024. A Ph.D. in computer science is preferred; however, candidates with a Ph.D. in a closely related discipline coincident with an understanding of disciplinary computer science coursework will be considered. Prior teaching experience at a U.S. college or university is also required.
Kenyon is seeking to build off strengths in computing already existing among our faculty and in our curriculum to launch an innovative, interdisciplinary program that will weave computer science across the arts and sciences. Starting such a program is a key component of Kenyon’s strategic plan. Many details of the nature and character of the program will be established over the next few years, under the guidance of the founding director; a core value essential to the program is a commitment to broad accessibility and participation from students and faculty, across boundaries of both academic discipline as well as racial, gender, socio-economic, and other categories. Evidence of interest in and commitment to both interdisciplinary work and valuing inclusion will be vital to a successful application. The candidate should demonstrate leadership and a willingness to continue to build connections between faculty from across the college.
Kenyon has a strong commitment to student-centered learning. Thus, we will be particularly interested in candidates with experience in active learning techniques and/or demonstrated interest in pedagogical innovation. Candidates should have an active research program and be able to demonstrate how that research program can thrive and evolve at a liberal arts college. We have an active, Kenyon-funded summer research program, so the ability and willingness to include undergraduates in research is also a plus. The typical teaching load is five courses per year; however, chairs of departments or programs often receive course reductions. Kenyon faculty members are expected to be excellent teachers who maintain strong research programs, and there are funds available to support travel and faculty development.
Kenyon College, located on an idyllic campus in rural central Ohio, is ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges and has a reputation for outstanding teaching and scholarship. We have a national and international student body of nearly 2000 students. The Program in Computing will be housed in a spacious and well-equipped building. The founding director will be the first faculty member whose primary appointment is to the Program in Computing, and we anticipate additional hires in the coming few years. The founding director will be supported by a diverse group of faculty from across the College with interests in computation.
Startup funds will be available, depending on the research needs of the individual. Kenyon offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.
Applications should be submitted by November 15, 2023, to ensure full consideration. We will, however, continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
A complete application will be composed of 1) a cover letter explaining why Kenyon's nascent Program in Computing is a good fit for the applicant; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) a statement describing the applicant's past and planned efforts toward fostering an accessible, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment; 4) a statement reflecting on the applicant's teaching and learning experiences; 5) a statement describing the applicant’s research accomplishments and future research directions; 6) an unofficial graduate transcript; and 7) the contact information for three (3) references (at least one of whom will be able to address teaching). All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website: http://careers.kenyon.edu.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by November 15, 2023, will be guaranteed full consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.
In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.
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Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.
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